Saturday, November 22nd, 2008
I am in the process of having all of my ebooks published in print format through Amazon. I currently have two available with two more on the way next week.
Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Holidays
Kristen’s Raw – The EASY Way to Get Started & Succeed at the Raw Food Vegan Diet and Lifestyle
We are also creating a photo gallery to showcase photos of recipes from the books/ebooks. Check it out here. I’m taking a survey… which photo do you like best?
I saw these questions posted at one of my favorite blogs and thought I’d follow suit. I’ve been tagged again to share the “5 things about me” so I think this also accomplishes that.
1. Favorite Raw Vegan milk? Chocolate Hemp Seed Milk is one of my favorites. Hemp is so nutritious that it’s an automatic winner every time for my entire family. Just blend Manitoba Harvest Hemp Seeds with water, raw chocolate, and a couple of pitted dates.
2. What are the top 3 recipes you are planning to make? I’m working on a new ebook (yep, another one!) and it’s top secret for now. But, let’s just say that one recipe will have raw chocolate in it, and another will have some raw chocolate in it and another will have…um, yep, raw chocolate.
3. Most disastrous recipe/meal failure? This was an expensive lesson learned here: I made cheesecake with a coconut oil that was bad even though the expiration date was fine. It had a horrible, weird “soapy” after-taste. I tried making it again (not knowing the coconut oil was the culprit) and the end result was still awful. I made it with a different jar of coconut oil, and it turned out wonderfully!
If you get that “soapy” taste and there is coconut oil in your Raw recipe, try it again with a different jar of coconut oil. Better yet, do this…I will now only buy coconut oil from Wilderness Family Naturals because it’s so deliciously fresh (the flavor and quality are unsurpassed – ALWAYS!). I’ve never had a problem since.
4. How do you organize your recipes? I’m an organization and color freak. My recipes are color coded, tabbed, flagged, highlighted, filed, alphabetized, labeled…you name it, I do it.
5. Compost, trash, or garbage disposal? None of the above. I toss it over my balcony to the bunnies running around my neighborhood. I love animals…they are one of my biggest passions and mission.
6. If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 foods…what would they be? Hemp, coconut water and Vitamineral Green powder all the way! If given the opportunity to bring a fourth, it might be raw chocolate powder.
7. Fondest food memory from your childhood? Grocery shopping with mom. Oh…those were the days. We’d spend 2-hours every Saturday at the grocery store. It was so fun.
8. Favorite raw ice cream? I haven’t been eating much ice cream lately, but in a couple of months, it’ll be my Summer Strawberry Ice Cream. Someone I know, who has a monkey for a pet, said this is the monkey’s favorite ice cream! How’s that for a testimonial?
9. Most loved kitchen appliance? Blend-tec blender all the way. The best high-powered blender on the market. I make green juices to smoothies to ice cream to dressings to mousse and so much more with it.
10. Spice/herb you can’t be without? Only one? Damn! Well, if you’ve been to any of my classes, you know I’m in a constant love affair with basil and will put it into almost everything I can.
11. Recipe (Cook) book you have owned for the longest time? I grew up with chefs and come from a family in the restaurant business, so I literally grew up with cookbooks. My mom and I have over 500 cookbooks between the two of us. I have no idea which I’ve had the longest…probably something that came with my Easy Bake Oven – LOL.
12. Favorite flavor of jam/jelly? I love strawberries with a touch of agave, dates to thicken, and accented with a smidge of cinnamon.
13. Favorite raw (vegan) recipe to serve to an omni-friend? The Chinese Hemp Noodles from my hemp ebook always wins the crowd over (the flavor is AMAZING), as well as my stuffed mushrooms (same ebook). The mushrooms resemble cooked food so well. In fact, I’m often asked to bring both of these dishes as “my dish to pass” at parties with omni-guests.
14. Favorite meal to make? I love to chop and use my knife in the kitchen. Therefore, I’m always making a big, fresh salad topped with an amazing dressing.
15. Name 3 items in your freezer without looking. Manitoba Harvest Hemp Products, frozen bananas, raw cheesecake.
16. Favorite grocery store? Whole Foods
17. Food blog you read the most. There are way too many to name. But, I will say that when Sarma posts on her blog, I step back, make a chocolate smoothie and then settle in for a great read.
18. What is one ingredient that you’ve become familiar with that you can’t imagine you ever lived without? Anything related to hemp (oil, seeds, powder and butter). The nutritional profile is fantastic and I love the flavor.
19. Do you have a food inspiration in your life? Definitely! All of my food memories revolve around my mom. She’s brilliant and taught me so much. During my pre-vegan days, I remember going to some fancy restaurants…sometimes there was a food item on the menu that I didn’t know (and someone, usually my date!, was asking me what it was). I’d change the subject and then secretly text message my mom or excuse myself from the table and call her from the bathroom to get the answer – haha.
I’m excited to announce that my latest ebook, Kristen Suzanne’s Ultimate Raw Vegan Hemp Recipes, is now available. In this totally unique, one-of-a-kind ebook, which includes 21 beautiful photographs, you’ll find some of the most amazing recipes I’ve ever developed, all based on hemp seeds, hemp oil, or hemp protein powder. For more details and to purchase this ebook, visit KristensRaw.com.
Sunday, January 13th, 2008
It’s been an exciting, busy and fun weekend. I had a great time on TV, Friday, showing my much-loved Raw cookie recipe Heavenly Cookies. This recipe will be featured in next week’s email newsletter so sign up for it if you haven’t at KristensRaw.com.
Today I taught my Raw food prep class, Discover Raw, and it was a blast! I was scheduled to teach at Whole Foods where they have a nice kitchen-classroom. Quite last minute, however, I found out they had to use the room for training, so it was off limits to me. Yikes! They presented me with the option to use the café, but I was a little apprehensive initially. I wanted to make sure the atmosphere was still intimate, and somewhat private, now that it would be held in an open café that could be noisy and seemingly not conducive for teaching.
Well…it turned out great (Yay!); despite the after effects of my voice being hoarse from speaking loudly to ensure everyone could hear me – haha. We all had a terrific time and the café seems like a perfectly viable option if the classroom isn’t available in the future. What’s even better is there were many shoppers passing by, eager to find out what was going on…after all, the class was sold out (24 people), so the gathering of people in the café watching me prepare Raw food and having fun was intriguing to them.
Even though it’s nighttime now, I’m still on a “high” from such a great class. I loved seeing the familiar and new faces. It’s electrifying to me to help spread the word about living the Raw lifestyle and seeing people’s lives change as a result. It’s very rewarding. That being said, a lot goes into preparing for a class (many hard hours of work), especially during the 48-hours prior to class time, and lasting until about 4-hours after class when we’re cleaning up, answering final questions, and heading home to unpack everything. By the time I’m done I feel quite spent, in an exhilarated fashion, from running on all cylinders to put on a great show. As a result, this is a day when I want big-time, high-energy to get me through, so I rely on fresh organic green juices and smoothies. Today was no different. I started with a large fresh green juice at Whole Foods’ juice bar, and had another one after my class (drinking plenty of water between). When I finally arrived home, the only thing that sounded good was a giant green smoothie…something about working hard all day and needing nutritious greens to nourish my bod. I won’t be surprised though if I’m raiding the refrigerator in the middle of the night for more of those delicious Heavenly Cookies.
Sunday’s agenda? I’m taking a break to relax because Monday, I’m back at it preparing for my next class (Jan. 26), Entertaining and Party Favorites. Whoo-wee! This class will be fantastic and I can’t wait to teach it.
Tuesday, January 1st, 2008
Are you trying to get your family (and kids!) to eat more Raw Vegan? Here are some fantastic tips from my latest ebook, Kristen’s Raw – The EASY Way to Get Started & SUCCEED with Raw Food:
1. Show your family great Raw recipes from books and the Internet. Then, let them take turns picking out which recipes you make for them. This will really get their taste buds overflowing with anticipation.
2. Make one Raw dish at every dinner (or every other dinner), and don’t even mention it. They probably won’t even realize they are eating so much Raw food.
3. Introduce your family to Raw with Raw desserts. When kids get to eat dessert after every meal, that is exciting, especially when they can have second helpings of it.
4. Make certain meals Raw. The easiest way to do this is to make breakfast 100% Raw. You can start by drinking fresh organic smoothies for breakfast or having creamy cinnamon nut milk with crunchy Raw granola. It’ll greatly help if you let your family take part in choosing what flavors to make. So, the night before you make a smoothie, ask your kids which flavors they would like. Make it fun by talking about the different colors, too. I love getting my nephews excited about drinking Green Smoothies. I give it a much cooler name, however: “Dragon Smoothies,” or, make a strawberry and banana smoothie and call it “Pretty-In-Pink Smoothie.” Trust me…these things help!
5. Give your kids choices so they don’t feel forced to eat just one thing. You can do this by offering them something really tasty compared to something that might not be as tasty, thereby making the tasty option seem that much better. For example, offer your kids a choice between blueberries and celery. They will probably pick the blueberries and be happy about it because they had a say in the matter and blueberries taste good (imagine how different this is than offering them blueberries or Oreos!) Or, make it a choice between carrots and zucchini. They’ll probably pick the carrots and be happy about it because of the alternative.
6. Another super tip is to cut your children’s fruit and veggies into fun shapes and sizes using inexpensive kitchen tools. They’ll be sure to show these off in school!
7. Include your children in the experience of shopping and preparing the food. This helps them feel more connected to the food and it makes them feel proud to have helped. Have fun while you’re doing it and be sure to thank them for their help.
8. Here is another great way to get children excited about eating fruits and vegetables. Tell them that they get to eat a “rainbow of colors” each day. Get a piece of construction paper for every color of the rainbow – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Then, have your children cut out a big, fun shape for each color. On one side of each shape, write the word “DONE” and draw a smiley face. Stick them on the front of your refrigerator door with the word “DONE” side down. Each day, as your kids eat a fresh fruit or vegetable that is a color of the rainbow, flip over that color’s shape so the word “DONE” is face up and you can see it. It’s a great way to motivate your kids and get them excited about eating all the colors of the rainbow, because they get a challenge and a sense of accomplishment.
Monday, December 10th, 2007
My latest ebook is now available, Kristen’s Raw – The EASY Way to Get Started & SUCCEED with Raw Food.
This is the ultimate introduction, instruction manual, and guide for living the Raw Food lifestyle. Whether you’re totally new to Raw or just looking for new ideas, this is the perfect ebook for you. In this ebook, I cover what Raw is, why to do it, and most importantly, how — in a way that makes it easy to SUCCEED, by addressing or avoiding the obstacles that most people encounter as they introduce more Raw food into their lives.
A true lifestyle guide, this ebook includes topics such as mental tricks for sticking with it, dealing with cravings for cooked food, tips for handling family and social situations, sample meal plans (recipes not included), thorough instructions on equipping the perfect Raw kitchen, traveling Raw, growing your own sprouts, and more.
How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something, but to be someone.
~ Coco Chanel
Sunday, November 18th, 2007
We had a terrifically successful Raw Thanksgiving holiday celebration dinner at the Mandala Tearoom this week. My 4-course Raw vegan dinner was sold out (way in advance) and we had tons of fun. In fact, we expanded service out onto the patio to accomodate over 70 guests! This is a picture of my Raw Pumpkin Pie…it’s all the rage! I’m still getting wonderful emails from customers raving about the food and asking for the recipes. Well, guess what? They’re available (plus many more) in my ebook, Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Holidays (available at www.KristensRaw.com) where there are plenty of recipes, as well as the best tips and tricks for getting through the holidays…Raw vegan style!
Here is what one customer wrote me today:
I had the pleasure of meeting you at Mandala Tea Room at the most recent raw foods event. I don’t generally eat exclusively raw but I am now more intrigued to explore this lifestyle change. I thought your pumpkin pie was the best pumpkin pie I ever had. ~Suzan P. of Phoenix, AZ
Thursday, November 8th, 2007
This salad is gorgeous, vibrant and absolutely delicious. Click on the picture to enlarge it and you’ll see what I mean!
Dressing Yield 1 1/2 cups
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon vegan, organic white wine
1 mango, peeled, pitted, and chopped
2 dates, pitted
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon Himalayan crystal salt
1/8 teaspoon red Limo pepper*
2 carrots, sliced into thin rounds, using a mandoline or v-slicer
Garnish: 2-4 leaves fresh basil, chopped
Blend all of the ingredients together (except the carrots and basil) until creamy. Drizzle a few tablespoons of the dressing over the sliced carrots. Garnish with a few leaves of fresh basil, chopped.
*Red Limo pepper is available online at NaturalZing or substitute with cayenne pepper, of which you might want to add a little more.
Through kindness, the world softens.
Be kind to all beings and things.
In this way, creation returns to its natural state of beauty.
~Zen Cards by Daniel Levin
Wednesday, November 7th, 2007
I used to be a big food worshipper with an over-the-top appetite. Seriously. I used to proudly boast to my male friends that I could “out-eat” them…not the most feminine challenge. At restaurant buffets, I would bring 2-3 plates full of food back from my first trip to the buffet bar (one in each hand plus one plate balancing on my forearm). But, I didn’t stop there. After the main meal, I would use a dinner size plate for the dessert table. I mean, come on, you can’t fit three desserts on that tiny plate they try to give you, right? And, how can you possibly choose only one dessert from all that are available? I had to at least try them all.
Basically, I loved food. I come from a family that is in the restaurant business and I grew up following my mom around the kitchen. My “high” in life came from the weekly trips to the grocery store with my mom, where she let me help her pick out ingredients. It wasn’t long before I became a little obsessed with food. In fact, it was not uncommon for me to think about what I was going to eat for lunch when it was only breakfast, as well as eagerly anticipating dinner before my lunch even started. And, I was always hungry.
The challenge was that being in shape and maintaining a healthy, slim waistline was, and still is, important to me. I feel the healthiest, sexiest, most playful, and have the most energy when I’m not carrying around extra weight (even if it’s only five pounds). Therefore, always being focused on food, eating a lot, AND trying to stay slim made my life quite a challenge. But, when I went Raw things changed. Whereas before I found myself with a crazy hunger, after starting to live the Raw lifestyle, I began experiencing a healthy appetite that was appropriately hungry before eating and adequately suppressed after eating. Now, I’m not obsessed with food and eating like I used to be. As a chef, I still get excited about food preparation, but now I’m content to eat the same delicious Raw vegan food for 2-3 days straight. I tend to drink the same smoothies for breakfast days in a row and it’s not unusual for me to eat the same Raw desserts over and over. Nowadays, my focus falls on getting fresh organic ingredients for my meals, but that’s about it. Life is healthier, simpler and much more enjoyable.
I think one of the reasons I was always starving in the past is because I wasn’t getting the proper nutrition I needed. My body was crying out for nutrients that were not to be found in all of the cooked food I consumed. Finally, I listened to my body’s cries for nutrient dense, uncooked food. When this happened, my hunger (and obsession) decreased, almost magically, and I was able to focus on other things…like my life.
When you say good-bye to something in your life, especially something like food that you’ve lived with for so long, it can be a tough transition for your mind (and your body). My advice is to take your time and enjoy the journey. Raw can seem like such a huge change, and indeed it is if you go 100% overnight. But, you don’t have to go 100% in the beginning (or maybe ever for that matter) to have some amazing results. Just start eating “more” Raw and listen to body as you go. You’ll probably find yourself in the same boat as many others….it becomes so delicious and healthy that you get excited about adding more and more Raw to your life. I find that the only people who question living a Raw (or high Raw) vegan lifestyle are the people who haven’t tried it. So, if you’re one of those people…to you I say…go ahead and just try it. See for yourself how easy it is and how great you could feel.
I am constantly discovering new ways to improve my health.
I look forward to a healthy old age because I take loving care of my body now.
~ I Can Do It Cards by Louise L. Hay
Monday, November 5th, 2007
Today I made a smoothie that had pretty much everything in it but the kitchen sink; hence, the name (I am creative, aren’t I – ha ha). I threw in spinach, carrots, cranberries, kiwis, apples, dill, red jalapeno pepper (of course!), red bell pepper and water. When I had all the fruits and veggies in the blender waiting to get blended, I thought to myself, “Damn, it’s so pretty! All that vibrant, fresh produce.” Then, I blended it and it looked kind of like…well, something from a swamp. Oh well, it was soooooo tastey.
Workout: I’m going to the gym today for my legs/shoulder workout…working on building more muscle, building my bones and burning fat all day long. (I like to keep a toned body shape.)
Reading: I love to read. It’s one of my favorite ways to spend time. I used to frequent places like SBUX (ticker symbol for Starbucks) while reading for hours on end…sipping a soy cappuccino…hhhmmmm, the memories. Nowadays, I indulge in Starbucks on very rare occasions, so I don’t visit them for reading as much. However, I really love reading at places outside of my home, so I found new experiences. In Arizona, this is fun and easy because we’re surrounded by big sassy hotel resorts with beautiful gardens, bonfire pits, golf courses, pools, and fancy lobbies with comfy couches – all perfect for curling up with a good book. So, after my workout tonight, I’m going to one of my favorite spots in Scottsdale to sip some herbal tea while reading a great book, The Seven Mysteries of Life, by Guy Murchie.
What are some of your favorite books? Anything really great that changed your life and that you recommend?
Find your self a new nourishing spot.
~Juicy Living Cards by SARK